Bachelor of Arts with a major in English


Susan McHugh, Ph.D., Department Chair


Through its avant-garde approach, interdisciplinary course offerings, innovative theoretical models, and accomplished instructors, the English major exposes students to a wide and diverse body of knowledge and provides them with the tools to think, analyze, and write with confidence.

Major Description

The Department of English introduces students to significant global literary works and trains them in the careful analysis of texts, ranging from traditional novels to film and emerging electronic communication. The English major doesn't limit itself to works originally written in English language but, relying on the art of translation, crosses national and language boundaries to include the entire global literary and textual experience. Through a variety of theoretical approaches, students will learn how to analyze the heavily textualized world around them and prepare themselves for numerous occupations in their professional careers.


Transfer Credit

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program ( http://www.une.edu/cas/programs/honors-program ) and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements 42-43
Program Required Courses  
ENG 115 - British Literature I 3
ENG 116 - British Literature II 3
ENG 200 - Writing, Revolution, and Resistance in US Literature 3
ENG 201 - Cultural Diversity and Common Identity in US Literature 3
ENG 206 - Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism 3

ENG 334 - Methods in Literary and Cultural Criticism

Global Literacy elective 3
Interdisciplinary Literacy elective 3
Major Concentration Courses/English Electives 12
Program Minimum Required Total Credits 36
Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Total Required Credits  120

Note: the department encourages students to learn a foreign language and recognizes up to six credits of foreign-language study toward fulfilling the electives credit requirement for the major.

Secondary Education Certification

The department offers English majors the opportunity to select all of the EDU secondary education certification courses (listed below) as their electives in order to become middle school or high school english teachers (grades 7-12). While providing a solid foundation in English, this program includes extensive coursework in education, which, when combined with the secondary teaching internship, will meet standards for State of Maine teacher certification upon completion of the degree program. This program is approved by the State of Maine Board of Education.

Education Courses  
EDU 105 - Culture of Schools 3
EDU 133 - American Education 3
EDU 202 - Curriculum Theory and Design 3
EDU 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
EDU 330 - Educational Psychology and Classroom Management 3
EDU 346 - Technology in the Secondary Classroom
(Part of the internship semester)
EDU 430 - Educational Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDU 436 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts 3
EDU 486 - Secondary Education Practicum 3 - 4
EDU 492 - Secondary Internship 15
Education Total Number of Credits 40 - 41

Learning Outcomes

English majors will be able to…

Read texts closely and think critically 

  • Comprehend a text’s literal/factual content
  • Distinguish between a passage's literal/factual content and its figurative/symbolic/interpretive content
  • Analyze a text closely and identify rhetorical strategies therein
  • Connect a passage's formal structure and thematic content with the text as a whole
  • Extrapolate the larger implications (social, philosophical, ethical, argumentative) of these patterns

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of literatures in English

  • Demonstrate familiarity with specified content areas in literature, literary history, theory, and criticism
  • Understand literature as a culturally and historically embedded practice 
  • Relate literature to other fields of inquiry

Communicate effectively

  • Approach writing as a recursive process
  • Develop and support claims about literary texts
  • Articulate claims in conceptually coherent essays
  • Use conventions of standard written English
  • Present research findings orally within the conventions of the discipline

Conduct research in literary and cultural studies

  • Use bibliographic tools to find source material
  • Employ appropriate critical approaches in their research
  • Contribute to scholarly conversations about literary and cultural texts and phenomena
  • Incorporate and document source material using MLA style
  • Communicate in accordance with standards of academic integrity


A student with a major in another department may minor in English with the permission of the English Department Chair. Eighteen hours of approved course work is required for the Minor in English.

Note: the department encourages students to take advantage of all courses that it administers and recognizes ENG 110 English Composition and SPC 100 Effective Public Speaking as electives toward fulfilling the credit requirement for the minor.

Program Required Courses 18
ENG 334 - Methods in Literary and Cultural Criticism 3
Course(s) approved by English Department Chair 15

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2014-2015 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 30, 2014.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.